Civil War Encampment to Feature Cannon Fire

La Porte City is proud to welcome one of the premier Civil War Artillery Reenactment Units in the country to the La Porte City Festival of Trails celebration. Battery G will be setting up camp on the corner of E. Tama Road and Main Street, in the vacant lot next to the car wash. They will be coming into town on Friday, June 13, and will camp there until Sunday morning, June 15. The unit will be reenacting a Civil War era federal artillery encampment, which will include demonstrations of cooking, cannon firing, card playing, sleeping quarters, along with many other areas of interest. The Civil War Band will be performing ‘tunes from the times’ after the parade on Friday evening while the reenactment group finishes setting up camp. The proposed schedule for cannon firings is set for Saturday, June 14 at 10 AM, 11:30 AM, 1 PM, 2:30 PM, and 4 PM.
The mission of the artillery unit is to educate the public on the Civil War and the role in which the field artillery units played in the war, as well as about those who fought and lived through those difficult times. You can find out more information about Battery G at
The Civil War Artillery Unit and Reenactment is sponsored by Black Hawk Auto Refinishers, La Porte City Chamber of Commerce and La Porte City Lions Club.

Annual Fireworks Display

The annual Festival of Trails Fireworks Display is scheduled to take place at dusk on Friday, June 13 on the grounds of La Porte City Elementary School. Sponsored by Black Hawk Auto Refiunishers, Cedar Valley Bank & Trust, Jim Robertson, LPC Connect, the La Porte City Lions Club, Dr. Bob Pipho and Pipho Family Dentistry, this year’s “Thunder Over La Porte City” has a distinct international flair. Along with shells created by the legendary Vicente Caballar of Spain, the show will also feature Yeng Feng shells used by Grucci in Dubai, India as part of the world record-setting largest fireworks show.
The La Porte City Fireworks Show promises to be an unforgettable Friday the 13th. In addition to a full moon, the display will feature a 300 foot oval stage with over 20 synchronized firing stations producing 150 foot solid walls of fireworks on the ground to accompany the thunder overhead. Mike and Heather Chingren, along with their friends from the Iowa Pyrotechnic Association, invite the community to enjoy the sights and sounds of one of the best fireworks displays in the area.
For a full Festival of Trails schedule of events, logon to